ARCHAIC STATE INTERACTION THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN IN THE BRONZE AGE
Edited by William A. Parkinson & Michael L. Galaty
336 pp., figures, tables, notes, references, index, 6×9
Paper. ISBN 978-1-934691-20-5 $34.95
Advanced Seminar Series
In current archaeological research the failure to find common ground between world-systems theory believers and their counterparts has resulted in a stagnation of theoretical development with regard to modeling how early state societies interacted with their neighbors. This book is an attempt to redress these issues. By shifting the theoretical focus away from questions of state evolution to state interaction, the authors develop anthropological models for understanding how ancient states interacted with one another and with societies of different scales of economic and political organization. One of their goals has been to identify a theoretical middle ground that is neither dogmatic nor dismissive. The result is an innovative approach to modeling social interaction that will be helpful in exploring the relationship between social processes that occur at different geographic scales and over different temporal durations.
Contributors: John F. Cherry, Eric H. Cline, Michael L. Galaty, P. Nick Kardulias, William A. Parkinson, Robert Schon, Susan Sherratt, Helena Tomas, David Wengrow
“An excellent example of a meeting of the minds to hammer at an interesting and current set of problems affecting archaeologists around the world … It is not necessary for the reader to be a ‘believer’ in world-systems theory to benefit from these essays.”- Thomas F. Tartaron, University of Pennsylvania